• 2 Holocaust Survivors Turn to Art to Reclaim Lost Lives

    The collage artist Ruth Jacobsen, 83, and the handbag designer Judith Leiber, 95, both Holocaust survivors, have relied on the creative process and a strong-willed entrepreneurial spirit to reclaim their lives and break glass ceilings for women in the United States. For decades, Ms. Jacobsen kept a family photo album

  • Holocaust movie profiles American bravery

    BOCA RATON, Fla. —It’s a story that sounds straight from Hollywood: Two Americans fly bravely into Nazi Germany and rescue 50 Jewish children. Even the man telling the story didn’t believe it was true initially. “To be honest, I didn’t believe a word of what I was reading,” said Steven

  • 57,000 Tripping Stones Honor Holocaust Victims Across Europe, but This One’s Personal

    For us, it was the first time. For him, it was somewhere closer to his 57,000th time. Artist Gunter Demnig has dedicated his professional career to placing memorial plaques in front of thousands of European homes, from which Jews, Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other persecuted minorities were expelled. He began

  • Olga Horak, Holocaust survivor: Heart of the Nation

    Clothes are important to Olga Horak. A self-taught seamstress, she was in the rag trade all her working life, running a factory and a fashion boutique in Sydney. Even now, at 89, she designs and makes her own dresses — “I’m very fussy,” she explains, “and all the beautiful clothes

  • Holocaust Children Share Survival Stories

    Local students got a living history lesson Wednesday when two child survivors of the Holocaust visited Greeneville to share their stories. Nearly 1,100 middle and high school students from Greeneville, Greene County, Kingsport and Washington County filled the Niswonger Performing Arts Center for the East Tennessee Holocaust Conference, which featured

  • Holocaust survivor still a fighter at 91

    If you ask 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa to take a couple of jabs in the boxing ring, he would probably oblige. Rosa, who loves the sport of boxing, spent much of his life fighting, especially during World War II. “I love to box,” Rosa said. “My brother taught me

  • ‘I don’t know the secret’: Holocaust survivor named ‘world’s oldest living man’

    A 112-year-old Polish man who survived two World Wars and the Auschwitz concentration camp has been confirmed as the world’s oldest living man. Born in Poland on September 15th, 1903, 112-year-old Israel Kristal was on the brink of death when he was rescued in May of 1945 at the age

  • A symbol for an entire generation of heroes

    President Rivlin says goodbye to the last survivor from Treblinka, Samuel Willenberg; ‘The story of his life is the eternal story of the Jewish people,’ the president eulogizes. I stand here today awestruck. Before your freshly dug grave, Samuel. Before your courage and spirit. In the face of such heroism,

  • The Last Train Before the War

    There is a photograph of my father and grandfather, taken on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1939, at a spot overlooking the Rhine above the Lorelei Rock, where the chasm of the river tightens and the quickened flow makes a murmuring sound, which has mystical resonance for the Germans. My dad had

  • Holocaust Survivors Struggle To Prove Their Cases as Claims Conference Cracks Down

    Seventy-eight-year-old Izrail Gelman received $70,000 in Holocaust restitution payments from the German government over nearly 20 years. Now, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributed the money, is demanding it all back. He has until March 10 to make the payment. “He has no way to pay,”